Physical Planning Study

Purpose and Process

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography Physical Planning Study will provide a development plan and associated design guidelines for the Scripps campus at UC San Diego. It will identify potential sites for new and re-development and guide future growth consistent with Scripps’s mission to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment, with a focus on enhancing community, mobility, and sustainability.

This seven-month master planning exercise will include extensive collaboration with the SIO Planning Advisory Committee (SIO PAC;  a group of students, staff and faculty convened to oversee the preparation of the Planning Study, see below); ad hoc focus groups consisting of students, staff and faculty from the various SIO Sections and the SIO Department; and two SIO Town Hall workshops. An exceptional team of planning, architecture, landscape architecture, transportation engineering, and civil engineering consultants has been assembled to facilitate the plan and helps us envision the future of SIO. 


This Study will expand upon the 1989 UC San Diego Master Plan Study , a comprehensive urban planning analysis which identified key physical planning principles that have guided the evolution of UC San Diego’s built environment. It recommends that "the campus should develop plans for each neighborhood to address patterns of building and development, buildable sites, program capacity for suggested sites, open space, building massing, and phasing strategy." Over the years, three neighborhood planning studies were developed for SIO but did not cover all areas. The 2016 SIO Planning Study will reevaluate past studies and take a comprehensive look at the entire SIO campus with a fresh understanding of SIO’s long-range vision and associated space needs. The SIO Planning Study will inform the update of the 2004 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and associated Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which is also in its initiation phase. 


The second SIO Town Hall will take place on August 30, 2016 from 12:00-3:30PM in the Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium. Please mark your calendar!

Please contact Ken Hall or Raeanon Hartigan with any questions.   

Project Schedule

SIO Physical Planning Study Planning Advisory Committee (SIO PAC)


  • SIMONE BAUMANN-PICKERING, Oceans & Atmosphere Section, SIO
  • JENNIFER MARIA BENAVIDES, Undergraduate Student Representative, SIO
  • ADRIAN BORSA, MSPPC, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, SIO
  • RON BURTON, Biology Section Head, SIO
  • ROBERT CLOSSIN, Physical and Community Planning, UCSD (Co-chair)
  • GREG COGHILL, Facilities Design and Construction, UCSD
  • MARK CUNNINGHAM, AVC Housing, Dining Hospitality
  • STEVE GALLAGHER, AVC Marine Sciences (Co-Chair)
  • JESSICA GARWOOD, Graduate Student Representative, SIO
  • HARRY HELLING, Birch Aquarium

UC San Diego Consultants to the SIO PAC:

  • TODD BERVEN, Transportation Services
  • RICH COTA, Facilities Management
  • ANU DELOURI, Physical & Community Planning
  • JEFF GRAHAM, Real Estate
  • KEN HALL, SIO Facilities Planning & Operations
  • RAEANON HARTIGAN, Physical and Community Planning (Project Manager)
  • CAMMIE INGRAM, SIO Capital Planning
  • LAURA MOORE, FD&C Civil Engineering
  • JOSH REEVES, SIO Student Affairs
  • CRISTIANA WINTER, Capital Planning

Consultant Team:

  • Mike Zilis, Principal, Walker Macy: Planning & Urban Design
  • Ken Pirie, Planner/Project Manager, Walker Macy: Planning & Urban Design
  • Kate Brooks, Landscape Architect, Walker Macy: Landscape Architecture
  • Robert Perry, FASLA: Landscape Architecture & Horticulture
  • Caroline Kreiser, Architect, Miller Hull: Architecture
  • Sarah Curran, Civil Engineer, Psomas: Civil Engineering
  • Stephen Cook, Traffic Engineer, Chen Ryan: Transportation Planning
  • Gideon Susman Senior Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering: Sustainability